It's not all sharks and headfirst trips to the bottom that should worry you while surfing
While surfing is not particularly dangerous, spending lots of time in an unpredictable ocean, with Lord knows what swimming below and around you, and reefs, rocks, sandbars, and sharp, pointy surfboards all in play, the possibility of an unpleasant death always lurks. Here are five weird ways that your next session could be your last.
A very Malloy bike trip along the California coast
Men. Doing manly man stuff. Guys with beards driving tractors, harvesting crops, riding horses, driving pickup trucks. This is the Malloy way.
Serena Brooke on transitioning from the World Tour grind to motherhood
Serena Brooke was one of the surf world’s best-liked and brightest stars in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This past spring, Brooke moved on to the most important chapter of her life, giving birth to twin girls. She's raising the future shredders with her long-time partner, visual artist Emma Sheldrake. We caught up with Serena to find out what post-tour life has been like.
A San Francisco surf camp brings the Sunnydale kids to the beach
Sunnydale, known as “The Dale” or “The Swamp,” is San Francisco’s largest housing project, and statistically speaking, the most dangerous neighborhood in town. Glover has partnered with local shaper Tim Gras and filmmaker Adam Warmington in an effort to bring kids from the Sunnydale projects to the Big Dog camp in Marin, teaching them how to surf, and showing them a world outside of their violent urban homes.
Craig Anderson on starring in his own surf movie, rolling with Occy, and getting punched in the face by a Frenchman
Slow Dance, the Craig Anderson-starring, Dane Reynolds-edited, Occy and Rob Machado and Matt Hoy-cameoed summer surf blockbuster opens on Saturday, July 20 at Quiksilver's Huntington Beach headquarters. Ando and crew then trundle off through Australia, Japan, and Europe on a Slow Dance mini tour. Last week I chatted with Craig over e-mail about the making of Slow Dance, but more importantly about things like the weirdness of seeing yourself on the big screen, and taking off on waves when Dane Reynolds and Occy are watching. It was easily one of the politest e-mail exchanges I've ever had.
Rare footage of a 13-hour Shipstern's Bluff session with Andy Irons and Co.
In the spring of 2006, Andy Irons made his Shipstern’s Bluff debut alongside Joel Parkinson, Mark Mathews, Dylan Longbottom, and Laurie Towner. The 3X world champ easily adapted to the deformed right-hand slab, but at the end of the day it was the relatively unknown 19-year-old Laurie Towner who stole the show (and the cover of our June 2006 issue).
Round Two of our tribute to the finest beards in surf
We just couldn't help ourselves.
In a 3-2 vote, the Regional Water Quality Control Board denied the TCA permit for the toll road
It was standing room only in the Regional Water Quality Control Board Meeting Room in San Diego. A few hundred surfers and environmentalists alike showed up to the hearing—which was inconveniently located some 50 miles away from Trestles—to fight on behalf of some of the best waves and most pristine State Park land in Southern California.
Legendary waterman and co-founder of Body Glove passes away at 84
On Sunday, June 16, Bob Meistrell, co-founder of Body Glove Wetsuits, passed away. He was 84.
Nick Gabaldon Day celebrates Black surf culture
On Saturday June 1st, dozens of inner city kids ventured splashing and laughing into the gentle waist high peaks near Santa Monica Pier to get their first taste of surfing. Many of these kids had never before even visited the beach. No longer a far-flung and exotic pastime for those kids; surfing that day became a very real and very pursuable activity.